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Donald Hilliard, Jr.

Other Titles:Author, Speaker, Community Leader
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Occupation: Senior Pastor of Cathedral International / Perth Amboy, New Jersey

List of Accomplishments: Author of 5 published books, including best-seller ‘In the Grip of His Mercy,’ 2005 Keynote Speaker for the State of New Jersey’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Founder and CEO of the Cathedral Community Development Corporation (CCDC), active member of the Oxford University Round Table, Presiding Bishop and Founder of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies, Inc., and many, many more!

SAY YES, is a familiar phrase often heard reverberating throughout the services at the Cathedral International the Historic Second-Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. It has become a trademark of Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., the visionary leader who, at the age of 26, became the churches Senior Pastor. As the son of Alease Hilliard-Chapman and the Late Donald Hilliard, Sr., Donald Hilliard credits his parents for providing a stable and loving home where education and hard work were emphasized.

Dr. Hilliard's willingness to say YES to the Lord fostered his ability to grow the church from 125 in 1983 to well over 7,000 members today. Now, as One Church in Three Locations, this vibrant ministry has grown to serving the specific needs of three locations of worship in urban areas of New Jersey: The Cathedral International Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, The Cathedral Assembly by the Shore in Asbury Park, and the Cathedral Assembly in the Fields in Plainfield, New Jersey. As a result of Dr. Hilliard’s unwavering faith, multifaceted mindset, and ability to trust in the Lord, over fifty ministries are at work within the three cities, with many of the members traveling from throughout the tri-state region of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. The Cathedral is recognized as a growing and relevant church and has been cited by American Baptist Churches USA as a model for church growth.

Consecrated a Bishop in 1995, Dr. Hilliard is the Presiding Bishop and Founder of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies, Inc. In this role, Bishop Hilliard serves as the spiritual advisor and mentor for several pastors and churches across the United States and West Africa. A true bridge builder, Dr. Hilliard hosts monthly interdenominational clergy gatherings. He has also established the Safe Harbor Clergy Leadership Conference where innovative leaders from different denominational backgrounds gather to confront and minister to various issues faced by clergy daily as well as to expand their theological and social horizons. Dr. Hilliard is a member of the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture where curriculums are developed to help pastors and their congregations envision and practice Christian faith as an integral way of life. Dr. Hilliard is an active member of the Oxford University Round Table where world leaders discuss important policy questions pertaining to church, state and education in a collegial think-tank atmosphere. He is also a visiting professor of Church Renewal at Drew University School of Theology, Madison, NJ, and Group Convener and Mentor of the Donald Hilliard Fellows, Doctor of Ministry Program.

Dr. Hilliard's multifaceted mindset is further reflected in the numerous community development initiatives that have been established. He is the Founder and CEO of the Cathedral Community Development Corporation (CCDC), which is the umbrella organization for many of the community development projects and initiatives. The church has been cited by the city and state as a major catalyst for the renewal and development of downtown Perth Amboy. Additionally, the church has been successful in securing prime real estate in downtown Perth Amboy and in the city of Asbury Park. These structures are used to minister the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ to the masses as well as to provide uplifting entrepreneurial opportunities.

Dr. Hilliard launched a successful writing and teaching ministry, Millennium Ministries, Inc., under the umbrella of Donald Hilliard Ministries where he is President and CEO. Dr. Hilliard has also spearheaded the vision for a motivational speaking company in January of 2004 entitled Vision Casting under the umbrella of The Donald Hilliard Group where he is President and CEO. Joy 3 Music is the name of Dr. Hilliard’s new Gospel label where Christian artist flourish as performers while Promoting A Sound, A Song, and a Life. Over the past two years, he has authored three books on a variety of relevant topics. Those publications include: Faith in the Face of Fear, (Evergreen Press, 2002), Somebody Say Yes (Evergreen Press 2000), Safe Harbor Begins @ Home (Evergreen Press, 2001), and Stop the Funeral (Bethany Publishing, 2000). He's also published two relevant and easy to read booklets: Handling Life's Pressure Situations (Evergreen Press), and How Daddy Can Make a Difference (Evergreen Press). Dr. Hilliard has completed his fifth book, In the Grip of His Mercy (Faith Communications/HCI Publishing, 2005).

Dr. Hilliard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern College (now Eastern University), St. Davids, Pennsylvania; the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, an earned Doctorate of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, as a Dr. Samuel D. Proctor Fellow and the Honoris Causa Doctor of Divinity Degree from The Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops.

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